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PROGRAMS
I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

SHAPING SENSE
OF SELF WITH
RELATIONSHIPS

I Am Because We Are (IABWA) is an anti-violence mentorship program that develops young men in their teenage years into the next generation of leaders, Deeply rooted in the African philosophy of "ubuntu" in which our sense of self is shaped by our relationships with others, we combine off court, social-emotional, identity development curriculum with on-court skill building and gameplay.

This program looks to intervene with Coach-Mentors who use restorative strategies to build a thriving community and provide safe spaces for youth - especially those who have been impacted by gun violence and the justice system. Participants benefit from support in mitigating these traumatic environmental circumstances and welcome the programs empowering redirection in their lives.

Current Cohort Information

Who: Young Men Ages 13-18
When: September 25th – December 22nd, Mondays and Tuesdays (5:00-8:00pm)
What: Leadership and Social-Emotional awareness, individualized development plans, exposure trips, basketball skill-building & gameplay, teamwork development, and more!
Where: James Wright Recreation Center - 3320 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Questions? Please contact Zuri Stone at zstone@phillyyouthbasketball.org

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